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Persian-ruled Syria, Copper, Follis, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, circa 618/619

 
 

Obverse

Phokas standing at left and Leontia standing at right, both crowned. Phokas holds globus cruciger in right hand, Leontia holds a cruciform scepter transversely.

[ NFOCΛS ] - NEPEΛV

Reverse

with cross above, |Ν|Ν|Ο in left field, and D|ΙΙΙ in right field.

Exergue

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Obverse

Phokas standing at left and Leontia standing at right, both crowned. Phokas holds globus cruciger in right hand, Leontia holds a cruciform scepter transversely.

[ NFOCΛS ] - NEPEΛV

Reverse

with cross above, |Ν|Ν|Ο in left field, and D|ΙΙΙ in right field.

Exergue

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Accession number BZC.2013.003.10
Ruler Persian-ruled Syria
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date circa 618/619
Diameter 26.0 mm
Weight 11.23 g
Relation of Dies 9:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

An imitative follis of class II (2) (Phokas and Leontia/M) minted in Northern Syria under Persian Rule. See Pottier, Le monnayage de la Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610–630), 32 for criteria defining this second series of Class II (elongated faces; titulature ending in ΛV).

H. Pottier, “Le monnayage de la Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610–630): Complément,” 460, no. 12.4 (reads the exergue as CPV, but the coin is worn).

Acquisition History

Dr. Roger Lemaire, 2013